Glory of Kings

Glory of Kings

A Festschrift in Honor of James B. Jordan

by Peter J. Leithart (editor), John Barach (editor)
Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Price: $40.00

The essays in this book are provocative, edgy, polarizing, sometimes radical. What else would anyone expect from a festschrift in honor of James B. Jordan?

A festschrift is a collection of essays written by friends of an intellectual in his honor. Many of the authors here are expected (members of Jordan's longstanding cadre)—Peter Leithart, John Barach, Jeffrey Myers, Rich Lusk and Doug Wilson all contribute. Others are more suprising—R. R. Reno and John Frame provide a foreward and afterward, respectively.

Jordan has built a reputation as a widely-read, knowledgeable thinker responsible for a plethora of published articles, essays, books, etc. (as the bibliography assembled by Barach amply demonstrates). His primary focuses are biblical studies, liturgical theology and the interplay of theology and culture, and so these are the primary subjects of the essays.

It's no secrect that the authors in this collection are all (to one degree or another) disciples of Jordan. The worldviews they evidence are closely tied to his, and their essays elaborate and elucidate his ideas rather than challenge them.

Trinitarianism, a literary approach to biblical exegesis, optimistic dominionist postmillennialism, and a willingness to borrow from Lutheran, Orthodox and Catholic theology as much as his own Reformed tradition are trademarks of Jordan's thought. He's also something of a provocateur, and there's no lack of shocking content here—like Leithart's essay on incest in the book of Leviticus, or Lusk's investigation of holy war in the New Testament.

Warfare, of course, is a long-time favorite topic for Jordan, at least in its spiritual context. The waging of liturgical war is one of the many ways he sees the still-infant Church marching toward ultimate victory in the face of Satanic opposition. Is it any wonder that a book in his honor is somewhat pugnacious?

The Glory of Kings aims to bring Jordan to a broader popular audience, while doing justice to his rigorous thinking. Some will be turned off immediately by Leithart's panegyric introduction in which he all but apotheosizes Jordan, but there's plenty of interesting content in the following pages. For those unfamiliar with Jordan these cogent essays (and his sometimes cantankerous, mostly generous and humble responses) make an accessible introduction, while established fans will appreciate the creativity and commitment to biblicism demonstrated throughout.

Table of Contents

Foreword — R. R. Reno

Introduction — Peter J. Leithart


  1. The Glory of the Son of Man: An Exposition of Psalm 8
    John Barach
  2. Judah’s Life from the Dead: The Gospel of Romans 11
    Tim Gallant
  3. The Knotted Thread of Time: The Missing Daughter in Leviticus 18
    Peter J. Leithart
  4. Holy War Fulfilled and Transformed: A Look at Some Important New Testament Texts
    Rich Lusk
  5. The Royal Priesthood in Exodus 19:6
    Ralph Allan Smith
  6. Father Storm: A Theology of Sons in the Book of Job
    Toby J. Sumpter


  1. On Earth as It Is in Heaven: The Pastoral Typology of James B. Jordan
    Bill DeJong
  2. Why Don’t We Sing the Songs Jesus Sang? The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of English Psalm Singing
    Duane Garner
  3. Psalm 46 — William Jordan


  1. A Pedagogical Paradigm for Understanding Reformed Eschatology with Special Emphasis on Basic Characteristics of Christ’s Person
    C. Kee Hwang
  2. Light and Shadow: Confessing the Doctrine of Election in the Sixteenth Century
    Jeffrey J. Meyers


  1. James Jordan, Rosenstock-Huessy, and Beyond
    Richard Bledsoe
  2. Theology of Beauty in Evdokimov
    Bogumil Jarmulak
  3. Empire, Sports, and War
    Douglas Wilson

Afterword — John M. Frame

The Writings of James B. Jordan, 1975–2011 — John Barach

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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Summary: Essays in honor of James B. Jordan, primarily by the men he's influenced.

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